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The Society offers awards of up to £5,000 for a textile related project and the award is designed to support textile related projects within a museum, archive, or conservation studio for exhibition, publication or conservation and will help achieve greater awareness and access for the public. It is not an award for an individual e.g. individual researcher (unless attached to a museum).
The next round of awards will be made in the summer of 2017. The deadline for applications is June 1st 2017.
The Textile Society have supported many ventures since forming in 1982 for the study of the history, art and design of textiles; facilitating greater awareness and access for the public. Past winners include:
The Peace Museum in Bradford with their exhibition ‘Challenging the Fabric of Society’, showcasing handmade banners, quilts and rugs, with a socio-political purpose. Their grant helped with conservation, marketing and display.
The Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School’s specially curated exhibition of ‘Banner Art for the Spanish Republic.’ This exhibition featured six unique and visually stunning banners, which were used as part of Britain’s ‘Aid Spain’ movement in response to the Spanish civil war. The Textile Society’s award funded professional conservation, a display at Islington Museum and an education programme for adults and children.
The George Marshall Medical Museum, Worcester were awarded £600 for their ‘Threads of Health: Textiles in Medicine’ project, focusing on the conservation, presentation and interpretation of a rare mid-19th century child’s pneumonia jacket, one of only two known to exist in the UK. The Textile Society’s grant helped fund the creation of a replica of the rare pneumonia jacket, together with the mount for displaying the replica and a UV filter to help protect the original from future damage on display.
The Fashion Museum, Bath were awarded £1,200 for the research and conservation of British couturier Reville-Terry’s fancy dress ensemble called ‘Fire’. This piece featured in a display of dresses in the museum’s headline exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ that opened in 2016. The Textile Society’s award enabled the museum to research, better understand and disseminate knowledge about the use of early synthetic fibres and fabrics in costume making in the UK in the 1920s.
Application deadline 1 June, 2017.